Chaos at Kabul airport as thousands desperately want to leave after Taliban takeover

 Nearly 7,000 people including women and children stranded at airport without  food as airport closed

Thousands of Afghans including women and children are stranded at Kabul international airport in a desperate attempt to leave Afghanistan after the Taliban takes control of Kabul. The situation is chaotic at the airport as people are trying to flee Kabul.

The Airport is the only secure place to leave the country as thousands of American, British and Turkish military personnel are present there. The Kabul airport has been secured by American military.

The American troops resort to aerial firing when crowd became out of control and tried to forcefully enter into an American plane. 10 people have lost their lives in different incidents so far. Three people were killed when they tried to hide in the wheels of an American Air force plane and fell down on the runaway when plane took off. Two people killed by american troops when they opened  fire at people. While five people died in stampede to catch the flight.      

It is necessary for authorities to provide food and shelter to the people desperately looking to leave Afghanistan. It is not clear yet that how long it will take to normalize the situation at the airport.

The airport is the only way out for now as the Taliban patrolling in the streets of Afghan capital. Panicked families trying to flee the capital carried over packed luggage, with frightened children in tow.

 “There are two thousand individuals plus (suitcases and all) on the tarmac not allowing flights to take off....this is a catastrophe,” tweeted Afghan journalist Saad Mohseni of news outlet MOBY Group. “There is no security at the airport. None. We call on the Americans or anyone to help secure the civilian side of the airport. Now!”

The flight operations have been suspended for passenger aircrafts as it becomes dangerous to land the planes. The people are sitting on the runway and waiting for airplanes to arrive.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said all military and civilian flights have been halted at the Kabul airport after crowds of civilians surged out onto the runways. 

"US military forces are on the scene working alongside Turkish and other international troops to clear the area of people. We do not know how long this will take," Kirby said. He blamed the airport chaos on Afghanistan's leadership, much of which has already fled the country.

Thousands crowd onto the tarmac in bid to flee after Taliban takeover; all commercial flights canceled; US State Department secures airport perimeter, evacuates employees. 

US troops fired shots into the air and all commercial flights were canceled at Kabul airport Monday as thousands of Afghans crowded onto the tarmac in the hope of catching any flight out after the weekend Taliban takeover.

Dramatic footage posted on social media showed a scene of chaos on the runway, with civilians frantically clambering up an already overcrowded and buckling set of air stairs.It was a desperate bid to board a parked passenger plane and escape the city a day after the government’s collapse.


By Sunday at least 6,000 U.S. troops had been ordered back to the country to help with evacuations, the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Defense said in a joint statement.

“At present we are completing a series of steps to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S. and allied personnel from Afghanistan via civilian and military flights,” the departments said, promising those troops would arrive within the next 48 hours to take over air traffic control and facilitate evacuation efforts.

“Tomorrow and over the coming days, we will be transferring out of the country thousands of American citizens who have been resident in Afghanistan, as well as locally employed staff of the U.S. mission in Kabul and their families and other particularly vulnerable Afghan nationals. And we will accelerate the evacuation of thousands of Afghans eligible for U.S. Special Immigrant Visas, nearly 2,000 of whom have already arrived in the United States over the past two weeks.”

                                                         Rukhsana Manzoor Deputy Editor

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